Found 2 items, similar to Ball cock.
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Definition: ball cock
n : floating ball that controls level in a water tank [syn: ballcock
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Definition: Ball cock
(b[add]l), n. [OE. bal, balle; akin to OHG. balla,
palla, G. ball, Icel. b["o]llr, ball; cf. F. balle. Cf. 1st
, n., Pallmall
1. Any round or roundish body or mass; a sphere or globe; as,
a ball of twine; a ball of snow.
2. A spherical body of any substance or size used to play
with, as by throwing, knocking, kicking, etc.
3. A general name for games in which a ball is thrown,
kicked, or knocked. See Baseball
, and Football
4. Any solid spherical, cylindrical, or conical projectile of
lead or iron, to be discharged from a firearm; as, a
cannon ball; a rifle ball; -- often used collectively; as,
powder and ball. Spherical balls for the smaller firearms
are commonly called bullets
5. (Pyrotechnics & Mil.) A flaming, roundish body shot into
the air; a case filled with combustibles intended to burst
and give light or set fire, or to produce smoke or stench;
as, a fire ball; a stink ball.
6. (Print.) A leather-covered cushion, fastened to a handle
called a ballstock; -- formerly used by printers for
inking the form, but now superseded by the roller.
7. A roundish protuberant portion of some part of the body;
as, the ball of the thumb; the ball of the foot.
8. (Far.) A large pill, a form in which medicine is commonly
given to horses; a bolus. --White.
9. The globe or earth. --Pope.
Move round the dark terrestrial ball. --Addison.
10. (Baseball) A pitched ball, not struck at by the batter,
which fails to pass over the home plate at a height not
greater than the batter's shoulder nor less than his knee
(i.e. it is outside the strike zone). If the pitcher
pitches four balls before three strikes are called, the
batter advances to first base, and the action of pitching
four balls is called a walk.
[Webster 1913 Suppl. +PJC]
10. a testicle; usually used in the plural. [vulgar]
11. pl. courage; nerve. [vulgar]
Ball and socket joint
, a joint in which a ball moves within
a socket, so as to admit of motion in every direction
within certain limits.
, a mechanical device for lessening the
friction of axle bearings by means of small loose metal
, a cartridge containing a ball, as
distinguished from a blank cartridge, containing only
, a faucet or valve which is opened or closed by
the fall or rise of a ball floating in water at the end of
, a pivot of a spherical form, which permits
lateral deflection of the arbor or shaft, while retaining
the pivot in its socket. --Knight.
, the lever used in a ball cock.
Ball of the eye
, the eye itself, as distinguished from its
lids and socket; -- formerly, the pupil of the eye.
(Mach.), a contrivance by which a ball, placed
in a circular cup with a hole in its bottom, operates as a
(Mining), a sort of iron ore, found in loose
masses of a globular form, containing sparkling particles.
, or Three golden balls
, a pawnbroker's sign
on the ball
alert; competent and knowledgeable.
to carry the ball
to carry on the task; to assume the
to drop the ball
to fail to perform as expected; to fail to
live up to a responsibility.
Syn: See Globe
(k[o^]k), n. [AS. coc; of unknown origin, perh. in
imitation of the cry of the cock. Cf. Chicken
1. The male of birds, particularly of gallinaceous or
2. A vane in the shape of a cock; a weathercock.
Drenched our steeples, drowned the cocks! --Shak.
3. A chief man; a leader or master. [Humorous]
Sir Andrew is the cock of the club, since he left
4. The crow of a cock, esp. the first crow in the morning;
He begins at curfew, and walks till the first cock.
5. A faucet or valve.
Note: Jonsons says, “The handle probably had a cock on the
top; things that were contrived to turn seem anciently
to have had that form, whatever was the reason.”
Skinner says, because it used to be constructed in
forma crit[ae] galli, i.e., in the form of a cock's
6. The style of gnomon of a dial. --Chambers.
7. The indicator of a balance. --Johnson.
8. The bridge piece which affords a bearing for the pivot of
a balance in a clock or watch. --Knight.
9. a penis. [vulgar]
. See under Ball
. See under Chaparral
Cock and bull story
, an extravagant
, boastful story; a
Cock of the plains
(Zo["o]l.) See Sage cock
Cock of the rock
(Zo["o]l.), a South American bird
) having a beautiful crest.
Cock of the walk
, a chief or master; the hero of the hour;
one who has overcrowed, or got the better of, rivals or
Cock of the woods
. See Capercailzie